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Why you should choose natural, organic candies, like Surf Sweets, this Halloween.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Guest post by our AMAZING 2010 Green Halloween sponsor: Surf Sweets!

Halloween is a spooky time of year, but spooky in a fun sense with goofy costumes, ghoulish jack-o-laterns, haunted houses and scary movies. All things fun. What about candy, though? We like to think it’s is all fun too. It’s sweet, delicious, makes us feel warm and fuzzy – maybe a bit giddy after too many pieces. But have you stopped to think about what’s REALLY in that candy? If you did, you might be spooked in a not-so good way, and think twice about indulging and sharing with our little ones.

Many conventional candies contain artificial dyes like “Red 40”, “Blue 2” or “Yellow 5 Lake”. Colors that have been artificially created to make Watermelon Jolly Rancher Pink or Skittles the color of the rainbow. However, these dyes have been linked to hyperactivity and other disorders in children. In fact, the European Union recently asked food manufacturers to remove most food dyes from their products and now require warning labels stating that the food “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” You’ll also find many candies are loaded with corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. Both of which have been linked to health problems, like obesity and heart disease. In the end, conventional candy doesn’t pan out to be the feel-good, yummy treat you thought it was. And after knowing this, how can we share this with all the little ones this Halloween season? Shouldn’t we be encouraging them to make better choices?

Well, we can! There are delicious, all natural and organic candies that satisfy the sweet tooth. Like Surf Sweets! Surf Sweets is passionate about making delicious candy using all natural pure ingredients. Our motto is “if it doesn’t exist in nature, you won’t find it in Surf Sweets.” So there’s NO artificial dyes or flavors. You also won’t find any corn syrup or hydrogenated oils. And to add to the benefit, Surf Sweets candies supply 100% of your daily vitamin C per serving. It’s candy you can feel good about sharing.

Choosing products made with organic ingredients is more than just good for you, it’s good for the earth too! Organic ingredients require organic farming. So there’s no pesticides, harsh chemicals or artificial fertilizers used. This means no chemical run-off and an enhanced biological structure and nutrient level for the soil, resulting in high-quality harvests and long term sustainability of the farm. It’s a win-win for everyone.

So make a change this Halloween. Try something new. Try something that’s good for you and for the earth. Try a delicious candy that’s all natural and organic and share it. The more we share, the more we can encourage others to make better choices and the happier our bodies and earth will be.

Learn more about Surf Sweets at

Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.